Best in Britain
A wet November Sunday afternoon , 24 classic hot rods set to do battle.
With visitors from Scotland and Ireland the Staffordshire oval of Hednesford Hills Raceway was about to be alight with the sound of classic hot rods
From Scotland we had 871 Graeme Callender , Trevor Harris fellow Scot was unable to finish repairs to his car ,however he did receive the Neil Edwin most improved driver of the year trophy (which was delivered by Graeme).
From Ireland the new 2018 Irish points champion 19 Anthony Morgan who also raced at the track last month taking on heavy frontal from the armco turn three barrier when his throttle stuck open.
Joining him 976 Clive Richardson and Davey McCall (ex national hot rod four time world champion ),now taking his position in the classic hot rods . Davey is the promoter of DMC Tully-roan oval which promote classic hot rod racing in the Emerald Isle. He turned out a fresh white mk2 escort a car which caused a lot of interest pre race.
More new starters in the formula 93 Nick Ross in the ex 57 Mike Oliver Talbot sunbeam, 02 Rich Adams in the ex Karl Dudley Jones mk 2 Escort and119 Dan Buckley the ex 144 Tim Foxlow car
Never have I seen so many people join us in such a short space of time at classic hot rods.
A championship race requires a drawn grid,the choice for groups of six .The later group being pretty much unchanged all day whilst the other grids would be reversed for the second heat.
The points then accumulated would give us the highest points scorers to the front positions for the big race.
The first six were send round to line up behind the control car, British points leader 555 Gavin Taber had been fortunate enough to draw pole position , alongside him 976 Clive Richardson,behind him in the first six 19 Anthony Morgan,871 Graeme Callendar,8 Darren Owen and 445 Graham Boyd.
72 Gary Goodswin led the second pack away,922 Graham Legge next to him with 116 Adrian Taber,22 Shane Taylor and Andrew Willis A30 has rear gunner .
The third pack of six led by 35 Dave Cushion , 236 Ryan Polley,121 Charlie Schembri,924 Stuart Wright,45 Craig Boyd and 20 Dave Fry.
The fourth set of cars would be mostly static during the course of the day containing 209 Andy Lee,31 Steve Gooding,942 Davey Mc Call,119 Dan Buckley ,02 Rich Adams and 93 Nick Ross.
209 Andy Lee in the last six made a great break and was soon in amongst the set in front .
555 Taber was fighting hard on the inside but the power of Richardson on the outside was too much 976 Richardson was gone .
19 Anthony Morgan made a good challenge but began to drop back leaving 555 Taber on his own in second .
The chequered dropped and 976 Clive Richardson took victory with 555 Gavalar Taber second.
976 555 19 922 45 942 236 8 116 871
Heat two reverse grid ,20 Dave Fry and 45 Craig Boyd come to the pole positions . The rear group remaining as was in heat one,31 Gooding in that group penalised for late arrival .
20 Fry in his Ford popular was first away and the veteran of the formula had hit good form although under pressure from the younger blood of 45 Craig Boyd .
Boyd slid outwards has 121 Charlie Schembri went under and up to second , now third Boyd was under pressure from the second Austin A40 of Rhino Ryan Polley 236.
Half way and 19 Morgan with 976 Richardson staying close had moved up to 3rd and 4th respectively.
The closing lap got fry caught up in back markers , Richardson found a way round the outside and took victory.
The Grand Final time championship race for the Best in Britain a fast fuelled race lies ahead !
Front row the double heat winner 976 Clive Richardson,outside the newly crowned Irish points champion 19 Anthony Morgan .25 laps the distance ,
19 Morgan and 976 Richardson were going for it from the drop of the flag,Morgan locked on the side of the x pack of Richardson all the way around the first corner.
Morgan took the early lead,976 Richardson was soon back up on the inside line forcing 19 Morgan wide,there was no room between the two again. Morgan then dropped down the grid has others moved up.
The race had progressed the last lap board was out, Richardson was on his way to victory, Boyd was set for second, Taber a safe third and victory for his season long battle of the English points .
Congratulations to 976 Clive Richardson a treble winner on the day and the 2018 Best in Britain Champion.
Congratulations also go to 555 Gavin Taber the new English points champion 2018.
Race report Andy Hankin .